2010 is about to come to an end shortly and soon 2011 will be upon us. I had a feeling at the beginning of the year that this would be a great year in terms of photography and it didn't disappoint.
My first image of the year, taken during the first sunrise of the year still remains one of my favorites.
Later in January, I went to the La Jolla cliffs for the first time to photograph Pelicans which was also very productive. This Pelican portrait gets a lot of comments from those who pass by the 24" print of it hanging on my office door at work.
One of my favorite bird action images I made early this year while hanging around the Palo Alto Baylands one early cloudy morning.
I spent a bit more time hiking around Big Basin this year, finally having a chance to see what has been described as one of the finest waterfalls along the California coast.
The book I worked on with Gladimir for most of last year also finally hit the shelves in May. The first several months of the year still ended up being excruciatingly busy at work because of CS5 (fellow Photohsop and ATL peeps will know what I'm talking about).
One of the things I started playing around with this year is blurs. I've done several blurs with flocks of birds with varying levels of success.
The major trip for the year was Galapagos in May. Not only was it a photographic trip but was also the first time Kim and I had a chance to travel by ourselves since Maya was born. The Galapagos as well as the week afterwards in Florida were great and I'm still going through those images.
This was also my first year going up to British Columbia, Canada to photograph Loons, Flickers and other wood peckers. Despite my minor injury, it turned out to be a very productive trip.
Immediately following Loons in BC, I joined family to vacation in the Seattle area and visited Olympic National Park for the first time. This is definitely an area I'll be returning to in future years.
This year I participated in a workshop with Edward Mendes for the first time. We spent a weekend shooting in the Eastern Sierras trying to capture fall color as well as the majesty of Mono Lake.
In October, I was excited to see one of my images appear in the iPad edition of National Geographic.
I did a major shuffle of my astrophotography gear this year. Earlier in the year I bought a new mount, a Takahashi JP-Z and later on I sold it along with most of my other telescope equipment opting instead to use LightBuckets.
I had the chance to make a lot of Curlew and Willet images in the Santa Barbara and Morro Rock areas, something I'd been meaning to do for some time.
The year wrapped up with a photographic trip to Bosque. A couple of firsts with this this trip. It was my first time doing a trip with friends I had met on the forums on FredMiranda.com (Bobby and Joshua) both of whom were great. It was also the first time I had experienced 'fire in the mist' conditions at Bosque.
Thats it for 2010. Though I'm looking forward to 2011, it'll be challenging to produce more images than in 2010. The start of the year looks promising as I'll be out shooting with Edward Mendes again in Yosemite followed by a family trip to Southern California. March will be special month as I'll get a chance to shoot with Andy Biggs again.
Lastly, photography aside, I know that 2010 has been a difficult year for a lot of folks. I have been fortunate and thankful that my biggest decisions have been around where to go shooting rather than figure out how to put food on the table or how to pay the mortgage. Hopefully, 2011 will prove to be a better year for all!